FLORENCE---Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 24.
Kenneth B. Williams was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching; Peter D. King was presented the Award for Excellence in Service, and John A. Britton received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize of $2,000. All three live in Florence.
“Ken, Peter and John epitomize the highest standards of what good faculty members mean to a university. I am very proud of them,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Teaching, public service and the pursuit of knowledge are essential characteristics of a good faculty member, and these awards recognize the importance of each in our mission of educating students.”
Williams holds the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Chair in Chemistry. He was cited for his classroom teaching as professor of chemistry. A native of New York City, he has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
King, a native of Australia, has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1996. He is an associate professor of biology and was cited for his service to the community and state and for service on numerous university committees. He earned a certificate of horticulture at Sydney Technical College, a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Technology in Australia, a bachelor’s degree in animal biology and geography from the University of New England in Australia, and a doctorate in zoology from N.C. State University. He was a farmer in Australia before beginning his academic career.
A native of Jackson, N.C., Britton has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1972. He was cited for his extensive scholarly work, primarily in 19th and 20th century international history, especially the relationship between Latin America and the United States. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s and doctorate from Tulane University where he taught before coming to FMU. He holds the Suzanne and Benjamin Gasque Professorship in history and is coordinator of FMU’s International Studies program and the pre-law program.
Pamela A. Rooks of Florence, professor of English and director of the Honors Program, also was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees. A member of the FMU faculty since 1989, Rooks earned her bachelor’s degree from Carleton University and a doctorate from the University of York. Rooks is a native of Durham, N.C.
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